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Tragedy On The Home Front

Posted in From The Heart on August 4, 2016 by The Blonde

This is a revision to the original post.

With the permission from the family I have inserted a picture of Riley “Roo” Russell’s pickup that he was driving when he got into the accident.  The dark colored pickup is the one that Riley was driving.  This kid is so lucky to be alive.  Someone upstairs was looking out for him.


The small community of Alsea Oregon is a close knit community. It’s one of those communities that stick together and there are no unknown faces. On August 2nd around 6 P.M., tragedy stuck this small community and left them with pain, heartbreak, fear and struggling with how to cope with it. Seventeen year old Riley Russell was on his way to his girlfriend’s house when he was struck head on by another vehicle. The women’s vehicle crossed into his lane and has left him in very serious condition.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is the most recent update, 8/3: He went into surgery this morning to fix his bladder and right now they are putting screws and plates in his pelvis. He has two broken legs, a broken ankle, a broken rib and his jaw is broken in multiple places. They said that they will probably have to take out a lot of his teeth and he will have to be on a feeding tube for about six weeks before he can even start to eat soft food again. And of course he’s all cut up from the glass.

Riley is senior in high school this year and he’s a star basketball player and more than likely will not be able to play. He has been working all summer to put a new engine and new tires on his truck, which is now not even recognizable.

Riley is very lucky to be alive. He will need much medical attention, which will be very expensive. If you can donate even $1 to this fundraiser it would be greatly appreciated by him, his family and friends. If not, that’s OK, share the fundraiser. Maybe one of our other friends on Facebook can. If you can’t donate, send some prayers. This family needs it right now

Do you ask how I know this young man? I don’t. He is a very close family friend of my friend, J.O. Her oldest daughter and Riley grew up together. I know there are still a lot of good people in this world. Stop thinking about politics for just a bit and share this post. Now is the time to pull together and show support for this family.

So please, donate, share and pray.


Happy Thanksgiving

Posted in From The Heart on November 24, 2011 by The Blonde

Wishing all of my readers, friends and family, a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.  Be safe and enjoy your families.

Happy Birthday Mom

Posted in Family, From The Heart on June 28, 2011 by The Blonde

I love you very much Mom, and I hope you have a great day.

Happy Father’s Day

Posted in Family, From The Heart on June 19, 2011 by The Blonde

My husband is not the biological father to my kids, but he is their “daddy” in every way.  He is the best Dad they could ever ask for.  Happy Father’s Day baby, thanks for everything you do. 

And a very special Happy Father’s Day to my Dad and Dad Joe.  I love you both very much and I hope you have a great day.

I also want to wish all of the Dad’s out there a happy father’s day.

Memorial Day

Posted in From The Heart on May 30, 2011 by The Blonde

You know, I was sitting here yesterday trying to find something to post for Memorial Day.  I was looking for some kind of nice poem of some sort to honor our veterans and our loved ones that are no longer with us.  And then I thought to myself, why do we need a special day to honor them?  Shouldn’t we honor them ever day?  We shouldn’t need a special day to remember them.

When a lot of people think of Memorial Day, they think of camping trips, picnics, the beginning of the Summer season, except in Oregon, getting a paid holiday off from work and the Indy 500.  I have to admit, I am one of those people too.  But I think we all take this “holiday” for granted, and I think a lot of people have forgotten the true meaning of Memorial Day.

So with that said, God bless all of our fallen solders that are no longer with us.  They are in our thoughts.  And please keep our solders that are still with us safe while they are fighting for us and our country. 

Chief Master Sergeant McCarthy, stay safe and come home soon, we think about you every day.

Happy Mother’s Day

Posted in From The Heart on May 8, 2011 by The Blonde

To all the Mom’s/Grandma’s/Great Grandma’s out there………………

A Face To Make You Smile

Posted in Family, From The Heart on February 27, 2011 by The Blonde

These are the most recent pictures of our beautiful grandaughter, Miss. Bella, taken this morning.  Just wanted to share with everyone.